NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Brandi Nelson is the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week in women's tennis for the first time in her career, and Karan Salwan is the men's honoree for the second consecutive week.
Nelson, a junior from Jonesboro, Ga., and a graduate of Faith Academy, won in doubles and singles Saturday in a 6-3 home loss to NAIA No. 6 William Carey. Nelson and Charlene Goreau defeated Sara Valero Marin and Nataliia Baliaeva 8-6 at the top doubles flight, then Nelson beat Alexia Rycroft 7-5, 7-5 at No. 3 singles.
Salwan, a junior from New Delhi, India, and a graduate of Modern School, teamed with Kyle Montrel for an 8-0 victory against William Carey's Andreas Brune and Aleksei Tumakov at No. 1 doubles. Then Salwan beat Vivien Versier 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. The Gold Rush, also at home Saturday, won 8-1 against the NAIA's seventh-ranked team.
The Gold Nuggets, 1-1 and ranked 11th in the NAIA, will visit LSU-Alexandria, a 2015 NAIA National Championship qualifier, at noon Saturday in Alexandria, La. Both XU teams will visit NCAA Division I's Nicholls State at 11 a.m. Sunday in Thibodaux, La. The Gold Rush are 2-2 and ranked fourth.
The next XU home dual will start at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 for the men against Troy of NCAA DI.